Samsung Galaxy BudsRs. 9,990
- Decent audio quality
- Comfortable and solid design
- Good battery life
- Tiny case with wireless charging
- Only IPX2 water-resistance
- Bluetooth connectivity issue
- No internal storage
- Disappointing microphone quality for calls
Samsung announced its new Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds during an Unpacked event in February this year. The Galaxy Buds are the successor of Samsung Gear Icon X. The earbuds support Samsung AI, Assistant Bixby, so you can use your voice to get things done.
Design & hardware
Samsung Galaxy Buds look very attractive, slick and premium. The earbuds are small and don’t stick out of the ears too much. They come with different tip and earbud sleeve options to help you find a perfect fit. Galaxy Buds comes in small, medium, and large wingtips and eartips options, depending on the size of your ears. The pair of earbuds comes inside the beautiful charging case.
The Galaxy Buds are IPX2 water resistant, which means they’re sweat and splash resistant but can’t be fully submerged in water. Still, they can be sued while running, cycling, gaming or any other physical activity.
Galaxy Buds features few touch control buttons that can be used to play/pause your music, skip/forward tracks, answer and end calls, and launch Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby on compatible devices. A single tap is used to pause or play a track, double tap to skip a track forward and triple tap to skip back.
Long press will wake up the Bixby assistant. You can customize the long press action via Galaxy Wearable app. You can use it for volume control. But the feature is only available for Android app only.
Touch buttons are not very smooth. Users might find it very frustrating. Sometimes users go for double tab end up with a triple tap.
With sound by AKG, the Galaxy Buds are able to deliver decent quality audio, while Enhanced Ambient Sound allows you to choose how much of your surroundings you wish to hear. Adaptive dual microphones located on each side of both earbuds allow the Galaxy Buds to better isolate your voice from your (potentially noisy) surroundings during phone calls.
Bass and midrange frequency loudness are comparable with a slight bump at the 1kHz mark to aid in vocal reproduction. They have a relatively neutral sound that’s fairly well-balanced across the range, making them suitable for a wide range of music genres.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds come with Bluetooth 5.0. They lack support for Qualcomm’s AptX or AptX HD but does come with Apple’s AAC. They have a great wireless range but still has issues maintaining a stable connection. The Buds also have terrible latency, so they’re not ideal for watching videos or playing mobile games since you’ll likely perceive a lag in the audio.
The pair of earbuds comes inside a beautiful charging case. The charging case is made up of plastic and equipped with a single LED indicator, which glows red, green, or yellow to notify listeners of its battery level. A green light fully charged or battery level is at 60 percent or higher, yellow is between 30 and 60 percent and red means you’re charging or below 30 percent. The back of the charging case features a USB-C input for charging. Galaxy Buds also supports Wireless powershare charging so you can charge them while placing on top of Samsung Galaxy S10 variant.
The Buds comes with a 58mAh battery will get you around 7 hours of Bluetooth streaming and up to 5 hours of calls. The 252mAh charging case provides an additional 7 hours of playback. The charging case can provide a little over 1.5 hours with a quick 15-minute charge.
Galaxy Wearable app
When you first open the Galaxy Buds case next to a Samsung Galaxy S10 series you’ll get a pop-up at the bottom of the screen which offers one-tap pairing with the handset. Once the Galaxy Buds are paired, the next time you will open the charging case, you would greet with a “now connected” message. If you do not have the Galaxy S10 series of smartphone then you will require Samsung Wearable app for pairing.
By using the Galaxy Wearable app, you can customize the left and right ear panels with Voice command, quick ambient sound and volume control options. The app forces you to put the volume down control on the left bud and the volume up on the right.
From the app, you may set your preferred EQ option: bass boost, soft, dynamic, clear, or treble boost. Through the app, you can also turn on ‘ambient sound’ feature. The ambient feature lets you adjust how much amplification external noise receives and whether or not voices should be amplified. The feature only works with Android devices running Android 5.0 or higher with 1.5GB of RAM or more.
If you misplace your Galaxy Buds, you can find them with the ‘Find My Earbuds’ feature. If enabled the feature, the Galaxy Buds play a constant tweeting noise so you can find them quickly.
The Galaxy Buds costs Rs. 9,990 and come in Black and White. They are available online (Flipkart, Amazon) as well as offline channels.
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